But residents of the area have complained that ground-skimming U.S. military planes are a too-common sight. "Do these Rambos, these pilots, take our mountains for a "zone of operations?"' wrote Mario Rigoni Stern in Wednesday's La Stampa of Turin.
"The real question is whether this kind of flying--officially in violation--was winked at by the commanders at the U.S. base in Aviano," Thompson said. If residents' reports of bridge-buzzing and other stunts are not exaggerated, the U.S. military may have a big PR problem on their hands.